THE number of women who run their own business has doubled since 2007.
The finding comes from the first national report by the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry that was released last week.
Almost 3000 female entrepreneurs participated in the survey which showed 78 per cent had left middle to upper management positions to start their business and 52 per cent who attended networking events had received client referrals.
Co-founders of Success Women's Network in The Hills, Natalie Moutia and Cindy Steele, said it was evident network groups were vital for the growth of female business owners.
"The main values found by respondents from attending networking events are new ideas and client referrals," Ms Moutia said.
The data will allow the chamber to advocate for policies to ensure women can maximise their contribution to economic growth.